Posts in Category: Felipe Costa

Winning Mindset for Competition 

Jiu-Jitsu for Small Guys


What happens if you're just no good at the thing you love? Felipe Costa loved jiu-jitsu, but his terrible results in competition would leave him demoralised and depressed. Instead of walking away he refused to quit, went back to the drawing board and became a world champion. 

In this video, Felipe -- a member of the Brasa team and a roosterweight competitor (58kg) -- talks about the obstacles he had to overcome and the methods he used to rise to the top. He describes the sports psychology tricks he applied to win tournaments, and explains how he approaches his training as a smaller jiu-jitsu player. We also see some rolling footage from his 'light guys only' training sessions, get-togethers reserved for jiu-jitsu players under 73kg. 

Film by Hywel Teague for BJJ Hacks

Highlights of the interview include: 
00.02: "There is not one fight where it doesn't cross my mind that I already lost" 
01.08: "Before my black belt I never won a gold medal in any major tournament" 
01.48: "I started at 12, until I was 16 I never won a fight" 
02.12: "It was a love-hate relationship with competition" 
02.49: "My second year as a black belt I entered the world championship and won" 
06.06: "The person who is small and doesn't give up... is going to become maybe the most technical player in the academy" 
07.08: " I don't see many people my size on the street, so if somebody picks a fight with me I have to be ready against a bigger guy" 
07.26: "If I'm not preparing to fight bigger guys... why should I train on a daily basis with bigger guys?" 
07.40: "The safest thing is to fight people my size" 
08.23: "I would fight with a guy with long legs, heavy. Then I would get in a tournament with a guy with short legs, faster and moves much better" 
11.08: "For me it was about putting small goals to improve little by little" 
11.18: "I was pretty technical in the academy. In the tournament, I sucked" 
11.41: "Nowadays I would look to a professional for help" 
11.59: "I would concentrate and think as if I was in the academy" 
12.30: "If I was starting now and had the chance to look for a professional... I would not hesitate" 
12.45: "These struggles... it's something that happens even today" 
13.00: "I'm more technical today than I was yesterday... so how can my performance be worse?" 
13.24: "Your mind is trying to make you do whatever is easier" 
13.47: "You have to say 'I'm not giving up now'" 
14.23: "When you don't put so much pressure on yourself, the results will come" 

De la Riva, Comprido and Felipe Costa teaching together 

Join the BJJ CAMP in Cancun this September

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NEXT Brazilian Black Belt BJJ CAMP schedule to September 05, 2014, in CANCUN

Last year especial guest was Caio Terra and it was a success! Guest who is our special guest this year?

I can give you a hint, Im 100% sure you have said his name in the last 10 days and you probably have said his name hundreds of times since you start training Jiu-Jitsu.

Don't know yet? Shame on you :)

Check it out below!

Following our traditional concept, 2014's Jiu-Jitsu CAMP will be once again in a resort in front of the beach, with all meals and BJJ classes included.

Check out this year's instructors:

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Also, the creators of the Jiu Jitsu CAMP concept: 



"I was so honored that De La Riva said yes to our invitation, having such a legend of our sport joining us at our traditional BJJ CAMP bring me so much joy that I can't put in words. This third BJJ CAMP in Cancun is garantee of fun and great techniques " said third Degree Black Belt and World Champion Felipe Costa



"Jiu-Jitsu Life Style doesnt get much better than this: beach, sun, friends, vacation, family, BJJ and high level technique! Last year I brought my entire family with me and this year will be the same. This is a perfect mix of vacation and hard training and will be great to welcome the next group with new and veterans students of our CAMP" said 2x black belt open weight champion of the World Rodrigo Comprido

Here is a video of the resort and below all the info regards the CAMP:



September 05,   2014 

Make sure to schedule your arrival Sept 04 and departure Sept 14


The resort is few min. from airport in Cancun. Make sure to schedule your arrival to the airport in CANCUN and we will take care of you from there.


In our all inclusive package you get: Transfer from airport to the resort and back to the airport, accommodation at the resort, all meals and two classes a day with Black Belt World Champions, Rodrigo Comprido and Felipe Costa.

All this included on the price of only US$1990 (for 10 first student who sign up) The following students will pay US$2250.

Wife/husband who is coming but not training US$1300

Kids up to 5  is free

Kids up to 12  pay US$600

Kids from 12 to 15 who are training pay US$1300

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In order to guarantee your reservation you need to make a non refundable payment of 30% and send us a copy of your ticket.

Are you an instructor on your academy?

We have a special deals for schools and BJJ instructor, email Felipe right now ( ) with the subject: "I’m an Instructor and want to join the CAMP in CANCUN" to have more info.

What will the schedule be like?

We will copy the successful formula we have been doing in our CAMP in Rio. Two classes a day, around the fifth day we take a day off, where we will visit the sightseeing on Cancun.

What do I do when I arrive in the airport?

Look for Comprido or Felipe Costa, one of them will be there waiting for you.



xplore jiu jitsu camp

What other activities we can do, besides the BJJ classes?

There are plenty activities that can be done during the free time:

- water ski and wakeboard for both experienced and first timers*

- parachute which can hold up to two people at the same time*

- jet skies*

- visiting the famous sight sees from Cancun *

- a large variety of towable water games

- tennis court

- basketball court

- volleyball court

- soccer field

- pools with bar

* some activities are charge separately

I train under another affiliation, can I enter the CAMP?

YES, the CAMP is not made for any specific team. Everyone is welcome, despite the team or level of instruction.

Do I share room with someone else?

Yes, you will share room with up to 3 people. Unless if you come with your wife/girlfriend, on that case you will have your own room.

Arrangements can be made if you would like to stay by yourself at one room, but an extra charge will be applied in this case.

Can I bring my wife and kids?

Yes, many of our students do and if they don’t train they will have a big discount, plus you will have your own room.

What are the students level?

As we teach the concepts (the way things work), the different levels of students is not a problem. We have had students from white belts to black belts and they were all pleased at the end. We have had martial arts lovers who had never put on a BJJ gi before, but at the end they were feeling quite comfortable with BJJ.
We will be giving FULL-TIME attention during the classes, not only teaching but also rolling while correcting the mistakes. This will allow us to address everyone´s BJJ needs with 100% satisfaction.
How much rolling will I get with Comprido and Felipe Costa?

Both Comprido and Felipe will roll everyday, so chances are that you will roll with him everyday or at least a lot.

If you have any other question, don’t hesitate on contact us:

and Felipe will answer you personally in less than 24hrs.

Posted by Felipe Costa May 28, 2014 Categories: BJJ Caio Terra Comprido De La Riva Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu Camp Seminars

Todo en la vida es una cuestión de perspectiva 

Está en búsqueda de la correcta?

Como he mencionado antes, a menudo respondo todo tipo de preguntas en mis medios de comunicación social, las preguntas locas, las divertidas, las tontas, las serias, las que están relacionadas o no con el BJJ.

Disfruto respondiéndolas, aunque me lleve un poco más de tiempo de lo que deseo para hacerlo, pero trato de responder a todas ellas, muchas veces puedo aprender de ellas y aquí tengo un ejemplo perfecto, un amigo de EE.UU., cinturón púrpura, me escribió diciendo que se sentía como si estuviera estancado, sintió que su Jiu Jit su no estaba avanzando por un tiempo. Le dije que a partir de mi experiencia, esto es parte del proceso, incluso puedo atreverme a decir que para seguir adelante, muchas veces usted tomará un par de pasos hacia atrás antes de avanzar de nuevo.


Más adelante en este mismo amigo me escribió diciendo que estaba avergonzado por su terrible desempeño durante el entrenamiento con un visitante, pero leyendo su descripción de lo que sucedió, me di cuenta de que estaba viendo los hechos desde una perspectiva terrible, echa un vistazo a nuestra conversación y me dime si estás de acuerdo con lo que le dije:

“Hice Rolling con un nuevo tipo ... un cinturón blanco quien es un luchador de MMA y fueron de 8-10 minutos de lucha ...tengo 45 años y el 22 años ... yo estaba constantemente tratando de mantenerse el control sobre el ... finalmente pude tomar su espalda y aplicarle un estrangulamiento, pero me retire avergonzado porque soy un cinturón de "mas nivel" y no quería que mi profesor se viera mal porque ese chico fue mejor que yo ... así es como me sentí ... siempre quiero ser un motivo de orgullo para mi profesor, y mi presencia y acciones en el tatami lo reflejan directamente a él ... y salí sin estar a la altura de la calidad que representa mi profesor ... tu sabes? Mi desempeño es su reflejo... y es difícil... pues Tomo la representación de mi escuela muy seriamente”

Y aquí lo que yo le respondí….


“Así que tú estás diciendo que a los 45 años, fuiste capaz de rodar con un luchador de MMA de 22 años, sobrevivir durante 8-10 minutos, y en algún momento tomarle la espalda y ganarle por estrangulamiento, y te crees que alguien fue avergonzado?”


Y él me respondió lo siguiente…..

“Jesús,, no lo había pensado de esa manera… eso fue solo una lucha por llegar allí, gracias señor!!”

El no vio la perspectiva de que hizo su mejor esfuerzo por ganar, que realmente es lo importante!


Creo que todos tenemos los mismos problemas, a menudo vemos las cosas desde una perspectiva equivocada, y si nadie lo pone de nuevo en el camino o le muestre la mejor perspectiva de la situación, puede conducir a la depresión, el desánimo y tomar malas decisiones, y solo para hacerlo aún más difícil. A veces sólo escuchamos o vemos la mejor perspectiva cuando alguien de un círculo de amistad diferente o familiares nos la dice. Así que la próxima vez que tengas dificultades, piensa en ello, hablar con diferentes personas ayuda mucho, y estoy seguro que te darás cuenta de que no es tan malo como lo ves. Casi nunca lo es!!!

Como maestro, puedo decir que nunca voy sentir que un estudiante me han defraudado, si está haciendo todo lo posible por no hacerlo. Como siempre digo, el objetivo final será: LOGRAR SER LO MEJOR QUE SE PUEDA SER!!! Felipe Costa

Posted by Felipe Costa May 20, 2014 Categories: BJJ Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu